TYLER, TX (KLTV)
The Smith County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying possible suspects in a deadly truck stop shooting in Tyler last month.
Sheriff Larry Smith held a news conference Tuesday afternoon, saying his office needs help identifying possible suspects in the shooting at Bunny's Truck Stop on Aug. 29. One person, later identified as Laprida Shears, 25, of Tyler, was pronounced dead at the scene from gunshot wound; three others were injured.
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Smith says the incident began as an argument between a large group of people at the Flamingo Event Center on North Highway 14 in Smith County. Security detail at the event broke up the fight, which is when the group moved to Bunny's.
Investigators later determined two groups, who have ties to Tyler and Longview gangs, were involved in the dispute. Smith says shots were fired by at least 4 different people.
Smith is urging anyone involved in the incident to come forward and tell "their story", and not have someone else do it for them. Authorities have interviewed as many as 90 witnesses, and believe they are close to making an arrest in the next few days.
Anyone with information related to the shooting is urged to contact the sheriff's office at: 903-597-CUFF. Officials say informants can be anonymous.